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Producing stars in the dust

Mon, 31 October 2016 16:20
by Rodney Pienaar
News Flash

With the lack of football activities in the country, since the (NPL) Namibia premier league failed to secure a sponsorship. Local football fanatic can turn their attention to Samora soccer league especial those in Windhoek.
This league was established in 2011 with 16 teams and now it has expanded as it accommodates 18 teams. Which is good for them because they don’t have a main sponsor, city of Windhoek and Coca-cola are their sponsors but only for the top 8 finish at the end of the season, where teams battle it out for the prize money, medals, trophy and they also receive playing gear.
The league is mostly made up of teams from the informal settlement of katutura and it has no age limit, anyone can play especial retired players who still want to keep in sharp
They play their league games in the weekends on the gravel field with no proper infrastructure which expose players to injuries, even the spectators only sit in open space because there is pavilion to provide shade.
 Efforts to get the field levelled by the city of Windhoek were unsuccessful because there are pipes under the ground that can damage. The field is also close to the road which puts fans at risk considering the way motorists drive in the capital.
Since that they have no sponsor, the money contributed by teams when registered is the same money they share at the end of the season. No promotions only relegations for the last three bottom teams.
The league is currently in the second round with Brave United on top of the log with the bottom three being Tiger Force ,Acadukuku fc and MNK united fighting for suvirval. They don’t use professional trained referees but rather than themselves to officiate the games, which sometimes is more challenging as it create conflict of interest.
According to Kandjabanga Elia Bomm’a the chairperson, who is also a player and club captain of Ondobe X1 their aim was to get youngsters out of the street and distract them from criminal activities. Sport can discipline a person and make one live a healthy life style as you will train every day
 The league has produced many  players now that are now playing in the premier league, like Nande playing for Young Chiefs and Natangwe Shikushu for Unam FC but the most noticeable one is the Brave Warriors strike Peter Shalulile who is now playing for Highlands Park  in South Afri  
an ABSA Premiership one of the best league in Africa.
Bomm’a is also pushing for the league to be recognised by NFA at least as the third division in Khomas region. ‘’we approached NFA three times now and all they us is to wait, they will do something’’ said BOMM’A. The youngsters are dreaming of playing professional football in big leagues overseas, so this can be a good platform for them to start off, considering the lack of funds that is contributing to poor development football in the country.